11. Criminal Law.
Chapter 61. Offenses Against Public Order.
Article 1. Riot, Disorderly Conduct, and Related Offenses.
11.61.140. Cruelty to animals
(a) A person
commits the crime of cruelty to animals if the person:
- (1) knowingly
inflicts severe physical pain or prolonged suffering on an animal;
- (2) with
criminal negligence, fails to care for an animal and, as a result,
causes the death of the animal or causes severe physical pain
or prolonged suffering to the animal; or
- (3) kills
an animal by the use of a decompression chamber.
is a defense to a prosecution under (a)(1) or (2) of this section
that the conduct of the defendant
- (1) conformed to accepted veterinary or animal husbandry practice;
- (2) was part of scientific research governed by accepted standards;
- (3) was necessarily incident to lawful hunting or trapping activities;
- (4) conformed to professionally accepted training and disciplinary
(c) In this section, "animal" means a vertebrate living
creature not a human being, but does not include fish.
(d) Cruelty to animals is a class A misdemeanor.
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